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British Dictionary definitions for pangloss

Pangloss

noun
  1. a person who views a situation with unwarranted optimism
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Derived FormsPanglossian, adjective

Word Origin

C19: after Dr Pangloss, a character in Voltaire's Candide (1759)
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Historical Examples

  • It was audacious in me, but I took another liberty with Pangloss.

    The Uncommercial Traveller

    Charles Dickens

  • But all for the best, as my fellow philosopher, Pangloss, says.

  • Pangloss was professor of metaphysico-theologico-cosmolo-nigology.

    Candide

    Voltaire

  • "This concussion of the earth is no new thing," answered Pangloss.

    Candide

    Voltaire

  • Pangloss most cruelly deceived me when he said that everything in the world is for the best.

    Candide

    Voltaire